No, seriously...it's all about corn!
This year, we got to plant about an acre of Seminis Roundup Ready sweet corn, which was supplied to us by Monsanto (all opinions/photos are my own!). That means the corn can be sprayed with Roundup, which means there will be less weeds in the corn patch! (And if you know me, that means, less fear of seeing a snake! ha)
Of course, I leave the planting to the experts.
This is what the seed looks like going into the planter hopper.
We put four rows of it in our garden, the rest was planted in a small field behind our house.
Here's the corn after two weeks...
After one month...
After two months...
Reed's saying, "look the corn will be ready soon!". No, actually, Reed is saying, "take a picture of me eating this."
At this point, the ears have formed and are filling out on the stalk. How does that happen, you ask? You were asking that, right?
When corn starts forming it's ears (usually one per stalk, sometimes two), it will start forming the cob inside the shuck.
The tassels (in above pic) form at the same time as the ears. This is the male part of the plant.
The pollen off the tassels fall onto the silks of the cob, which pollinates the corn kernels. Each silk has to be pollinated or a kernel won't form. After the kernels are pollinated, the silks go from a yellow color to a brown color. At this time, the corn can be checked to see if it is ready to eat. If this was field corn, it would still need to dry before combining.
Should be some good eating soon! And for the next decade, considering we planted an entire acre, haha.